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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A Scientific Experiment for the Betterment of Children

" What a child is doing when he puts things in his mouth is allowing his immune response to explore his environment,” Mary Ruebush, a microbiology and immunology instructor, wrote...it also plays a critical role in teaching the immature immune response what is best ignored."
"[Dr. Joel V. Weinstock] said that public health measures like cleaning up contaminated water and food have saved the lives of countless children, but they “also eliminated exposure to many organisms that are probably good for us...
“Children raised in an ultraclean environment,” he added, “are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop appropriate immune regulatory circuits.” source


Day One. I have not vacuumed the house in several days. I notice a piece of chicken on the floor that is looking more like jerky. I hope the baby eats it soon, re: prevent diabetes.

Day Two. The toilet is looking far more yellow than I can ever remember it being. Did we select Morning Canary from the American Standard catalog?

Week One, Tuesday. I feel like the gray edging to the carpet adds a kind of custom quality to our flooring.

Week One, Saturday. I'm tickled at the dusty patina our piano has developed. I ask El Guille to practice his letters in it. I'm reasonably sure he'll never have asthma!

Week Two, Wednesday. Before serving dinner I insist the children go outside and dip their forks into our neighbor's compost. Maybe they'll get some zinc, too.

Week Three, Thursday. I laughed in El Guille's face when he complained that he'd already worn those pants for two weeks in a row. "Well then, two more won't hurt now will they? Now put away the syrup."
I tease, they don't have to put away the syrup!
I tried to explain how he'll never have to deal with ragweed again, but then he started crying about how his sippy cups smelled funny. Kids say the darndest things!

Week Four, Sunday. Thought I heard a small child crying somewhere under the laundry piles. This place has the craziest acoustics! I swear you could perform an opera in here, like Miss Saigon or something.

Week Seven, Am blogging from phone as can't find computer.
Ebola: Conquered!

32 comments:

Geo said...

I think you must be one of the funniest people I have ever knowed.

Jennifer said...

Now that's lowering the bar

dalene said...

I'm a huge fan of dusty patina.

Jane @ What About Mom? said...

We scientific moms have been so far ahead of our time. It's nice to know that our efforts are FINALLY being understood and appreciated!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

This is one of your best posts EVER.

My kids ate food off the floor that I haven't mopped since I moved into my place oh, about 6 months ago. Don't worry...I swept sometimes.

Chief Momma said...

Okay, you are hilarious. I need to show this to my sister who's OCD about cleaning.

Ryan and Susie said...

I saw on HGTV that gray edging around the carpet is totally in. Trend setter.

In all seriousness, I can give you the name of my ladies if you want? I just call them Nancy. They work wonders.

Sue said...

"re: prevent diabetes" made me laugh out loud. Evil genius indeed.

amelia said...

I am putting this on my fridge as motivation to make my daughter healthier. I knew letting her pacifier roll under the couch (home of countless dust bunnies) and washing it off was too much!

wendysue said...

Well, it's just Darwin's theory of parenting. . .survival of the fittest!

Kalli Ko said...

i defer to kanye.

that which don't kill me can only make me stronger.

and my kid too.

and my word verif is angst. don't i know it friend.

The Bakers said...
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The Bakers said...

Whether satirical or not, I agree. It's always been the philosphy of my home and Frank has learned to deal. Although he did send me the article the other day from that science lady called, "Let them Eat Dirt." I took it as the opportunity to continue on my path of science...he calls me ODD. Obsessive Disaster Disorder.

ScrapBox Organization & Storage said...

Beautiful. You can visit my house anytime. But keep the OCD cleaner-women out!

Shawn said...

Love it, so funny! I am in survival mode right now, so everything is soooo nasty...

Now, I don't have to feel guilty, huh?

Marianne & Clayton said...

These are the parenting tips I am looking for. Amazing how on the cusp I was without even knowing!

La Yen said...

I love you.

Heidi said...

When I go to Costco and my kids drop their samples on the floor, I just pick them up and give them back to them. I always think--here's something for the immune system!

Cindy said...

If you want to bring your kids over to my house, I'm sure you could knock off a few more diseases.

Emily Anne said...

I always ask my kids how they got so cute and now I feel inclined to ask,
"How did you get so funny?"

This was great!

Lorie said...

Your research results have convinced me that I must do the same thing! Off to stop cleaning...or wait. I guess I can stay right here and do that!

Steph said...

I am a firm believer in exposing my children in order to build their immune system. You have given me some great ideas--thanks!

My first visit here--came over from Azucar--you crack me up!

Can't wait to catch up on reading here--

Shelby Lou said...

i agree with jennifer.. that definetly IS lowering the bar.

planetnomad said...

For years, I had a comic strip on my fridge. The mom is watching TV where the announcer is saying that exposure to dirt and germs is beneficial to children's health. She says, "Rita, I gave you a very good childhood." Her daughter replies, "Some might even say exceptional."

Jillybean said...

I always thought our kids were so healthy because I breastfed them. Now I know it's due to the fact that I'm just a crappy housekeeper.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Science fun at home...educational and beneficial!

Shirley said...

OKAY! I think I've regained my composure well enough to comment. No, wait...(sorry, had one more chuckle to deal with)!

As an avid follower of this exact research (on myself--got no kids of my own)--I thought you should be aware of a few more experiments/theories.

The 5 second rule: if it goes past 5 seconds the time automatically extends to the duration of the time on the floor.

NO BOTTLED WATER. Drink the tap water like the big dogs.

Never ask to see a restaurant's kitchen. Enjoy your meal.

If you find a hair in your food its probably yours anyway (no matter what color/length it is)--pick it out and finish your dinner.

I'm sure I'll think of 15 more as soon as I hit "publish your comment" but here goes....

~j. said...

Well, you know what they say about high fructose corn syrup.

Azúcar said...

Hi, all new people! Nice to have you drop off your dirty laundry (mine needed company.)

Amy Jones said...

Laughing aloud...and loving it. A big thank you for validation of my housewife antics.

:)

Buscando la Luz said...

Usually I'm way too intimidated by your genius and hilarity to comment, but I just loved this one too too much. I found new fulfillment in my lack of housekeeping skills a year or two ago when I read that exposure to beneficial bacteria in dirt reduces the incidence of depression. Thank you for the fresh ammo. ;-)

Buscando la Luz said...

Or would it be hilariousness? Anyway... you know what I mean.